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Friday 5th of September 2014
Some of the new features for the Manchester Science Festival have been revealed, including the world’s first fully 3D printed bike frame and a fracking debate with Bez from the Happy Mondays all at the M.E.N Arena this year.
The Museum of Science and Industry will show the 3D printed bike as well as the first scanner developed to detect 3D printed guns and weapons at the Liverpool Road museum from October 23 to November 2. The exhibition, 3D: printing The Future, also showcases other uses of the technology, such as creating arts and crafts.
Festival director Dr Marieke Navin says “We are trying to promote science as culture. Lots of people go to galleries or theatres as a normal cultural pursuit but don’t think about science as culture. By us going into art galleries and other public spaces with our science, we’re really promoting science as a normal part of culture and breaking down those barriers and stereotypes that science isn’t for everybody.”
Manchester Science Festival, which is produced by MOSI and supported by Siemens, with the University of Salford as the lead educational sponsor, is now in its eighth year and is designed to showcase the best of cutting edge science in and around Manchester and the North West.
Most events at the award-winning Manchester Science Festival – named Large Tourism Event of the Year in 2013 at the Manchester Tourism Awards – are free, but some have limited spaces and will require visitors to pre-book.